Advocates Blast FCC's 'Cruel' Budget Cap Proposal

Law360 (August 13, 2019, 6:26 PM EDT) -- A slew of public interest groups have told the Federal Communications Commission that a commission plan to impose an overall budget cap on the agency's subsidies for internet deployment would be "cruel and administratively burdensome to no purpose” and could pit infrastructure programs against vouchers for poor families.

"The overall Universal Service Fund (USF) cap ... will not address program integrity and instead creates unpredictability for low-income people who might languish on wait lists to receive connectivity at a time of urgent need," according to the Aug. 9 comment letter from about 30 advocacy groups.

The letter also said the overall...

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